Protests against US military in Haiti


This video is called Haiti: Aid efforts hurt by lack of coordination.

From British daily The Guardian:

US accused of annexing airport as squabbling hinders aid effort in Haiti …

Brazil and France lodged an official ­protest with Washington after US military aircraft were given priority at Port-au-Prince’s congested airport, forcing many non-US flights to divert to the Dominican Republic. … Frustration over aid bottlenecks among donors became tinged by national rivalry as it became clear the US was taking ownership of the crisis. A vanguard of more than 1,000 US troops was on the ground and 12,000 were expected in the region by Monday … The UN mission, which had a 9,000-strong peacekeeping force in Haiti before the quake, seemed too stunned by its own losses to take control.

The French Co-operation Minister has urged the United Nations to investigate and clarify the dominant US role in earthquake-ravaged Haiti, claiming that international aid efforts were about helping Haiti not “occupying” it.

The United States armed forces are not just blocking extremely necessary aid from Cuba, Venezuela, and other Caribbean countries … and from France (still a grudge from old Iraq war-“Freedom Fries” days, no matter how “Atlanticist” Sarkozy may be?) … and from Brazil (spite because it did not support the coup against the democratically elected president of Honduras?). But also from Doctors Without Borders, which is very far from being an “anti imperialist”, “anti American”, etc. etc. organization.

From Doctors Without Borders:

Doctors Without Borders Cargo Plane With Full Hospital and Staff Blocked From Landing in Port-au-Prince

Demands Deployment of Lifesaving Medical Equipment Given Priority

Port-au-Prince/Paris /New York, 17 January 2009—Doctors Without Borders/Médecins Sans Frontières (MSF) urges that its cargo planes carrying essential medical and surgical material be allowed to land in Port-au-Prince in order to treat thousands of wounded waiting for vital surgical operations. Priority must be given immediately to planes carrying lifesaving equipment and medical personnel.

Despite guarantees, given by the United Nations and the US Defense Department, an MSF cargo plane carrying an inflatable surgical hospital was blocked from landing in Port-au-Prince on Saturday, and was re-routed to Samana, in the Dominican Republic. All material from the cargo is now being sent by truck from Samana, but this has added a 24-hour delay for the arrival of the hospital.

A second MSF plane is currently on its way and scheduled to land today in Port- au-Prince at around 10 am local time with additional lifesaving medical material and the rest of the equipment for the hospital. If this plane is also rerouted then the installation of the hospital will be further delayed, in a situation where thousands of wounded are still in need of life-saving treatment.

The inflatable hospital includes 2 operating theaters, an intensive care unit, 100-bed hospitalization capacity, an emergency room and all the necessary equipment needed for sterilizing material.

MSF teams are currently working around the clock in 5 different hospitals in Port-au-Prince, but only 2 operating theaters are fully functional, while a third operating theater has been improvised for minor surgery due to the massive influx of wounded and lack of functional referral structures.

Haiti quake: Death toll may be 200,000, US general says: here.

HAITI – A MAN MADE HUMANITARIAN DISASTER: here.

Amy [of Democracy NOW! in the USA] interviews a young girl whose foot was crushed in the quake. One of her sisters was killed. And she is separated from her mother: here.

Has Disaster Profiteering Already Begun in Haiti? Here.

EXILED PRESIDENT JEAN-BERTRAND ARISTIDE SPEAKS ON HAITI CRISIS: here.

Witness to a nightmare: here.

FOX Evades Earthquake Coverage: Bill O’Reilly, Glenn Beck, and Ann Coulter Ignore/Redirect on Haitian Tragedy: here.

IMF to Haiti: Freeze Public Wages: here.

Luxury liners are going in – but the aid is nowhere to be seen in Haiti: here.

HUGE MOBILISATION – BUT HARDLY ANY AID – as 20,000 bodies are driven out of Port-au-Prince to be burned: here.

Aid Not Troops: Why Wyclef is Wrong About Haiti: here.

Besides Pat Robertson’s racist Christian fundamentalist nonsense on Haiti, there is also John Travolta’s Scientologist nonsense on Haiti.

Haiti: While the “Relief” Effort Fails, the Son of Gloria Vanderbilt is in a Huff Over “Looters”: here.

The U.S. military has taken control of the only airport in Port-Au-Prince and is facing criticism for diverting some aid planes. Doctors Without Borders says five of its planes carrying surgical teams and equipment weren’t allowed to land and were diverted to Santo Domingo in the Dominican Republic. U.S. forces also turned back a French aid plane carrying a field hospital. Al-Jazeera English aired this report on Sunday: here.

Hillary Clinton’s statement that the US will be in Haiti “in the time ahead” and the military statement that they “are going to have to address the security situation” confirms that what we are witnessing in Haiti is the start of long-term military occupation of the country by the United States.

The Paris Club of creditor nations has urged all of Haiti’s bilateral lenders to cancel the earthquake-stricken nation’s debt: here.

Money for Haiti – not war and bankers: here.

4 thoughts on “Protests against US military in Haiti

  1. U.S. Military Weapons Inscribed With Secret ‘Jesus’ Bible Codes

    Pentagon Supplier for Rifle Sights Says It Has ‘Always’ Added New Testament References

    By JOSEPH RHEE, TAHMAN BRADLEY and BRIAN ROSS

    Jan. 18, 2010

    Coded references to New Testament Bible passages about Jesus Christ are inscribed on high-powered rifle sights provided to the United States military by a Michigan company, an ABC News investigation has found.

    Scopes

    At the end of the serial number on Trijicon’s ACOG gun sight, you can read “JN8:12”, a reference to the New Testament book of John, Chapter 8, Verse 12, which reads: “Then spake Jesus again unto them, saying, I am the light of the world: he that followeth me shall not walk in darkness, but shall have the light of life.” The ACOG is widely used by the U.S. military.

    The sights are used by U.S. troops in Iraq and Afghanistan and in the training of Iraqi and Afghan soldiers. The maker of the sights, Trijicon, has a $660 million multi-year contract to provide up to 800,000 sights to the Marine Corps, and additional contracts to provide sights to the U.S. Army.

    U.S. military rules specifically prohibit the proselytizing of any religion in Iraq or Afghanistan and were drawn up in order to prevent criticism that the U.S. was embarked on a religious “Crusade” in its war against al Qaeda and Iraqi insurgents.

    One of the citations on the gun sights, 2COR4:6, is an apparent reference to Second Corinthians 4:6 of the New Testament, which reads: “For God, who commanded the light to shine out of darkness, hath shined in our hearts, to give the light of the knowledge of the glory of God in the face of Jesus Christ.”

    Other references include citations from the books of Revelation, Matthew and John dealing with Jesus as “the light of the world.” John 8:12, referred to on the gun sights as JN8:12, reads, “Whoever follows me will never walk in darkness, but will have the light of life.”

    Trijicon confirmed to ABCNews.com that it adds the biblical codes to the sights sold to the U.S. military. Tom Munson, director of sales and marketing for Trijicon, which is based in Wixom, Michigan, said the inscriptions “have always been there” and said there was nothing wrong or illegal with adding them. Munson said the issue was being raised by a group that is “not Christian.” The company has said the practice began under its founder, Glyn Bindon, a devout Christian from South Africa who was killed in a 2003 plane crash.

    The company’s vision is described on its Web site: “Guided by our values, we endeavor to have our products used wherever precision aiming solutions are required to protect individual freedom.”

    “We believe that America is great when its people are good,” says the Web site. “This goodness has been based on Biblical standards throughout our history, and we will strive to follow those morals.”

    Spokespeople for the U.S. Army and the Marine Corps both said their services were unaware of the biblical markings. They said officials were discussing what steps, if any, to take in the wake of the ABCNews.com report. It is not known how many Trijicon sights are currently in use by the U.S. military.

    The biblical references appear in the same type font and size as the model numbers on the company’s Advanced Combat Optical Guides, called the ACOG.

    A photo on a Department of Defense Web site shows Iraqi soldiers being trained by U.S. troops with a rifle equipped with the bible-coded sights.

    “It’s wrong, it violates the Constitution, it violates a number of federal laws,” said Michael “Mikey” Weinstein of the Military Religious Freedom Foundation, an advocacy group that seeks to preserve the separation of church and state in the military.

    ‘Firearms of Jesus Christ’
    “It allows the Mujahedeen, the Taliban, al Qaeda and the insurrectionists and jihadists to claim they’re being shot by Jesus rifles,” he said.

    Weinstein, an attorney and former Air Force officer, said many members of his group who currently serve in the military have complained about the markings on the sights. He also claims they’ve told him that commanders have referred to weapons with the sights as “spiritually transformed firearm[s] of Jesus Christ.”

    http://abcnews.go.com/Blotter/us-military-weapons-inscribed-secret-jesus-bible-codes/story?id=9575794

    See also here.

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  2. Fidel Castro: The lesson of Haiti

    By Fidel Castro Ruz
    January 15, 2009 — Two days ago, at almost six o’clock in the evening
    Cuban time and when, given its geographical location, night had already
    fallen in Haiti, television stations began to broadcast the news that a
    violent earthquake — measuring 7.3 on the Richter scale — had severely
    struck Port-au-Prince. The seismic phenomenon originated from a tectonic
    fault located in the sea just 15 kilometres from the Haitian capital, a
    city where 80% of the population inhabit fragile homes built of adobe
    and mud.

    * Read more http://links.org.au/node/1464

    The West’s role in Haiti’s plight

    By Peter Hallward
    January 14, 2009 — If we are serious about assisting this devastated
    land we must stop trying to control and exploit it.

    * Read more http://links.org.au/node/1462

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  3. Haitians plead: `Where is the help?’

    By Roger Annis
    January 15, 2010 — Evidence of monstrous neglect of the Haitian people
    is mounting following the catastrophic earthquake three days ago.
    As life-saving medical supplies, food, water purification chemicals and
    vehicles pile up at the airport in Port-au-Prince, and as news networks
    report a massive international effort to deliver emergency aid, the
    people in the shattered city are wondering when they will see help.

    * Read more http://links.org.au/node/1466

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  4. Food Not Troops – End the U.S. Military Occupation

    Send a message to President Obama, former Presidents Clinton and Bush: “The People of Haiti need food, water, and medical aid, not military occupation”

    Sign the Petition at http://iacenter.org/haitipetition/

    According to news reports the Pentagon has been given complete control over the Port-au-Prince airport and is responsible for all air traffic control. There are increasing reports that aid organizations have accused the U.S. military “of focusing their efforts on getting their people and troops installed and lifting their citizens out.” (New York Times, Jan. 17, 2010)

    Under the pretext of stopping alleged looting, the U.S. has now forced the government of President Rene Preval to pass emergency measures that would delegate all security to the Pentagon.

    The U.S. military presence has expanded from 3,500 soldiers of the 82nd Airborne Division, 2,200 U.S. Marines, to an estimated 10,000 troops. It is outrageous that the Haitian people are being forced to endure even greater hardship so that the U.S. can expand their military occupation.

    According to Jarry Emmanuel, air logistics officer for World Food Organization: “There are 200 flights going in and out every day, which is an incredible amount for a country like Haiti. But most of those flights are for the U.S. military. Their priorities are to secure the country. Ours are to feed.”

    A plane from Doctors Without Borders/Médecins Sans Frontiéres (MSF) carrying medical supplies was denied permission to land on Jan. 16. After Red Cross flights were continually diverted they choose to attempt to enter with a truck convoy via the Dominican Republic. The news media has reported that France, Brazil and Italy along with major international relief agencies were so upset by having aid shipments diverted that they have lodged formal complaints. Argentine, Peruvian and Mexican flights filled with rescuers and supplies were also turned back. The Caricom, the Caribbean Community’s emergency aid mission to Haiti, was refused landing.

    French Secretary of State for Cooperation Alain Joyandet told reporters he had lodged a complaint with the United States over its handling of the Port-au-Prince airport. “I have made an official protest to the Americans through the U.S. embassy,” he said at the Haitian airport after a French plane carrying a field hospital was turned away. (AFP Jan. 17) After two relief flights were turned away the French ambassador to Haiti, Didier Le Bret, said that the Port-au-Prince airport has become “not an airport for the international community. It is an annex of Washington.” (The Guardian UK Jan. 17)

    Venezuela’s President Hugo Chavez on Jan. 17 said the United States was using the earthquake in Haiti as a pretext to occupy the devastated country and offered to send fuel. Nicaraguan President Daniel Ortega says that the United States has taken advantage of the massive quake in Haiti and deployed troops in the country.

    Haiti is the poorest and least developed country in the hemisphere, everyone repeats. That is true, but it is because Haiti has been occupied by U.S. military forces again and again. This is what makes the latest U.S. troop deployment to Haiti so ominous. As in the past, it will not help Haiti.

    >From 1804, when the first successful slave revolution in history drove out the French colonialists and slave masters, until the present, Washington has continually imposed sanctions, debt repayments and military intervention in an attempt to crush Haitian independence. The U.S. directly occupied the country from 1915 to 1934 and again in the last 20 years.

    In 2004 in a coup, planned from Washington and supported by troops from France and Canada, President Jean-Bertrand Aristide, a president democratically elected by over 90 percent of the vote in the last election was kidnapped and removed. The U.S. still prevents President Aristide from returning to Haiti from South Africa, where he is exiled. The U.S. set up an occupation of Haiti under UN command. Six years of this UN occupation has done nothing to develop Haiti or improve its infrastructure. Instead it has led to still greater poverty and hunger and unsustainable debt.

    This is an important time to oppose to all forms of U.S. military occupation of Haiti. The peoples movement must demand that Haiti’s airport be used for flights carrying desperately needed medical aid, food and water, not U.S. troops.

    Your message to U.S. officials, U.S. and international media and to UN officials is an important step to call for international humanitarian assistance and to show international opposition to continued U.S. occupation of Haiti.

    PETITION

    To President Barack Obama, former Presidents Bill Clinton and George W. Bush:

    The People of Haiti need food, water, and medical aid, not military occupation.

    According to news reports, the Pentagon has been given complete control over the Port Au Prince airport and is responsible for all air traffic control. There are increasing reports that aid organizations have accused the U.S. military “of focusing their efforts on getting their people and troops installed and lifting their citizens out.” (New York Times, Jan. 17)

    Under the pretext of stopping alleged looting, the U.S. has now forced the government of President Rene Preval to pass emergency measures that would delegate all security to the Pentagon.

    The U.S. military presence has expanded from 3,500 soldiers of the 82nd Airborne Division, 2,200 U.S. Marines, to an estimated 10,000 troops. It is outrageous that the Haitian people are being forced to endure even greater hardship so that the U.S. can expand their military occupation.

    Haiti’s airport must be devoted to humanitarian relief flights. Haiti needs food water and medical aid, not a U.S. military occupation. Haiti’s sovereignty and democratically elected President Jean-Bertrand Aristide must be restored.

    Sign the Petition at http://iacenter.org/haitipetition/

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